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Tennessee coronavirus patient says he feels guilt over possibly infecting others

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WREG) — A Tennessee man who tested positive for coronavirus said he’s had it for about a week but didn’t know it, so he’s been going about his days as usual.

Robbie Schaefer found out he was positive Wednesday, becoming one of more than 100 people in Shelby County to test positive for the virus.

He was at work Tuesday, so all of his co-workers who came into contact with him will now need to be tested.

He says he’s wracked with guilt about who else he might have unknowingly exposed to the virus.

“What I thought was just allergies turned out to be coronavirus, and I’ve been walking around with it for a week just because I didn’t know to be on the lookout for those symptoms,” Schaefer said.

He said he began showing mild symptoms last week. He is now quarantined at home with his dog.

“Right now, I just kind of feel like I’ve been hit by a bus,” Schaefer said. “I haven’t been able to smell in like a week.”

He decided to get tested after a friend tested positive for the virus.

“They stick a long q-tip up your nose, and it feels like it’s touching your brain,” he said.

Schaefer said he has been shut in his home ever since he got his results, and his husband has to keep his distance.

“We’re not supposed to be in the same room, so he’ll be on the couch or I’ll be on the couch, and we’ll kind of go in a big circle around the house if we need to move,” Schaefer said.

He said they are awaiting his husband’s test results, but right now, neither of them is leaving the house.

His company, which he asked not to be named, has been allowing him to work remotely, but even his job can only do so much to distract him from the near-constant pain.

“It’s kind of harder to sit up and be able to focus because your body just hurts, and you’re tired,” he said.

Schaefer compares having coronavirus to a bad case of the flu, but he realizes he has a very mild case of it.

Tennessee Dept. of Health Confirmed Cases

(This only reflects what the TDH is reporting each day at 2 p.m. CST. For updated totals listed by agencies across Tennessee visit WKRN.com)

County# of Cases
Anderson10
Bedford8
Benton4
Bledsoe2
Blount34
Bradley21
Campbell5
Cannon4
Carroll6
Carter3
Cheatham12
Chester6
Claiborne2
Clay1
Cocke1
Coffee4
Cumberland23
Davidson 741
DeKalb5
Dickson22
Dyer7
Fayette18
Fentress1
Franklin12
Gibson8
Giles3
Grainger3
Greene16
Grundy12
Hamblen4
Hamilton70
Hardeman6
Hardin 2
Hawkins9
Haywood2
Henry4
Hickman1
Houston2
Humphreys3
Jackson3
Jefferson6
Johnson2
Knox99
Lauderdale2
Lawrence3
Lewis2
Lincoln5
Loudon13
Macon7
Madison19
Marion16
Marshall4
Maury21
McMinn 3
McNairy3
Meigs2
Monroe6
Montgomery46
Morgan4
Obion2
Overton2
Perry3
Polk3
Putnam52
Roane5
Robertson51
Rutherford140
Scott3
Sequatchie2
Sevier13
Shelby689
Smith3
Stewart1
Sullivan 18
Sumner301
Tipton31
Trousdale7
Unicoi1
Union1
Warren1
Washington22
Wayne2
Weakley1
White2
Williamson239
Wilson 82
Residents of other states/countries218
Pending63
Total Casesas of (4/4/20)3,321

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